Monday, September 20, 2010

Students Flush with Success at Future Fayette 2030 Contest

Photo: (L-R) Casey Slaggert, Kevin Thomas and Carol Thomas stand next to their winning entry, “Dr. John,” as they show off their netbooks.

Starr’s Mill High’s “Dr. John” is giving Japan’s fancy medical toilet a run for its money.

In an adapted version of what the Japanese have created, three futuristic thinking students have envisioned a toilet that will not only analyze a person’s urine, blood pressure, temperature, and weight, but also send the data directly to a physician who can authorize immediate in-home treatment to cure illness, all while the patient sits on the toilet.

Starr’s Mill students Kevin Thomas, Carol Thomas and Casey Slaggert are the three inventors of “Dr. John,” and the winners of the Future Fayette 2030 Contest sponsored by the Rotary Club of Peachtree City in conjunction with the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce Community Expo. The winning team was announced at the expo held at New Hope Baptist Church September 14. Team members received a net book and $500 was given to their school.

The goal of the competition was to get high school students thinking about products and services that would be included in “smart communities.” These students believe that in-home health monitoring systems are the wave of the future, and will be the key to living longer by detecting and curing diseases and illnesses before they become life threatening.

The mockup of the toilet the students created for the competition features a hypothetical patient, Jack, whose medical toilet detected the on start of lung cancer. With a simple injection of nano-bots, the cancerous cells are destroyed and he is cured.

In case you are interested, the students predict that life expectancy could go upwards to 150 years old for most people, thanks to forward thinkers like them who are working on technology that will keep the community healthier, safer and happier.

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